KUTX releases lineup for live SXSW broadcasts

Quiet Company
Quiet Company

The South by Southwest announcements are coming in fast and furious this week.

The latest comes from radio station 98.9 KUTX-FM, which has unveiled the lineup for its SXSW live broadcasts.

The broadcasts will originate from the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., March 18-21.

Admission is $10 per day, which includes a breakfast taco, coffee and a granola bar.

Proceeds will go to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center.

The full lineup:

Wednesday, March 18

7 a.m.: Emily Wolfe

8 a.m.: Robert Delong

9 a.m.: Israel Nash

10 a.m.: Max Frost

Thursday, March 19

7 a.m.: Matthew E. White

8 a.m.: Quiet Company

9 a.m.: Dan Mangan

10 a.m.: The Dodos

Friday, March 20

7 a.m.: The Bluebonnets

8 a.m.: T-Bird and the Breaks

9 a.m.: Wolf Alice

10 a.m.: Delta Spirit

Saturday, March 21

8 a.m.: Cilantro Boombox

9 a.m.: Ibeyi

10 a.m.: Twerps

11 a.m.: Chuck Prophet

Ms. P’s Electric Cock featured on new CNBC show

Seth Helmley and Perry Ray from Ms. P’s Electric Cock appear on CNBC's 'Restaurant Startup.'
Seth Helmley and Perry Ray from Ms. P’s Electric Cock appear on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup.’

An Austin restaurant will get some national exposure tonight on CNBC.

Seth Helmley and Perry Ray from Ms. P’s Electric Cock Fried Chicken will compete on “Restaurant Startup,” hoping to secure an investment that will allow them to grow their business.

They’ll be up against two culinary teachers from the Philadelphia area who hope to start their own fried chicken restaurant, which would be called Smoke Kitchen.

The two teams were selected from hundreds of restaurateurs who applied to be on the show, the network said.

“Restaurant Startup” airs at 9 p.m.

Radio ratings: Majic 95.5 ranks No. 1

Majic 95.5 is Austin's top-rated radio station.
Majic 95.5 is Austin’s top-rated radio station.

There’s a new No. 1 on Austin’s radio dial.

Majic 95.5 placed first in the most recent Nielsen ratings, unseating 103.5 BOB-FM.

BOB-FM didn’t fall far, though. It landed in second place.

Pop-friendly 96.7 Kiss FM and its country cousin 98.1 KVET-FM tied for third – one of several ties on the top 10 list.

Average quarter-hour ratings as of Jan. 1, courtesy of All Access (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of Dec. 4):

1) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (4, tie)

2) 103.5 KBPA-FM (1)

3, tie) 96.7 KHFI-FM (4, tie)

3, tie) 98.1 KVET-FM (3)

4) 100.7 KASE-FM (2)

5) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (6)

6) 94.7 KAMX-FM (7)

7, tie) 105.9 KFMK-FM (11)

7, tie) 90.5 KUT-FM (5)

8) 101.5 KROX-FM (10)

9, tie) 96.3 KKMJ-FM HD3 (13)

9, tie) 590 KLBJ-AM (8)

9, tie) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (9)

9, tie) 107.1 KLZT-FM (12)

10) 93.3 KGSR-FM (14)

Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ won’t return to SXSW this year

Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen

We are totally bummed, y’all.

And you’re about to be, too.

Officials with the Bravo cable TV network confirmed today that host-with-the-most Andy Cohen and his “Watch What Happens Live” show won’t be returning to South by Southwest this year.

In 2013 and again in 2014, the show originated from Austin, bringing buzzy celebrities to the city and giving Central Texas global exposure on Bravo.

The network didn’t provide a reason why “Watch What Happens Live” isn’t bound for SXSW, but it’s not all that surprising. A number of other high-profile events have also pulled out this year, including the iTunes Festival at the Austin City Limits Live venue and that ginormous Doritos-vending-machine-turned-stage near the Austin Convention Center.

The city is issuing fewer permits this year – in part, a response to last year’s SXSW tragedy that left several people dead after a man plowed a car into a crowd of festival-goers. That incident led many to question whether the festival had gotten too big for Austin.

While Bravo won’t be here this SXSW, ABC still will. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is set to originate from the Long Center for the Performing Arts March 16-20.

KEYE names new ‘We Are Austin’ hosts

Jordan Steele
Jordan Steele
Taylor Ellison
Taylor Ellison

“We Are Austin” will get a pair of new hosts next week.

Jordan Steele and Taylor Ellison are set to take over KEYE’s 9 a.m. lifestyle show starting Monday, the station said.

They’ll take the place of current hosts Chris Saldaña and Allison Miller, who begin co-anchoring the CBS affiliate’s revamped morning newscast that same day.

Steele will also be a part of the new “KEYE-TV Morning News,” delivering weather forecasts. He most recently served as the station’s weekend meteorologist, a spot he’s held since 2012.

Ellison joined KEYE in December, and has been a regular “We Are Austin” contributor. Before that, she filed entertainment reports for local CW affiliate KNVA.

“The addition of Taylor and Jordan to ‘We Are Austin’ brings another group of talented hosts to our morning block,” said KEYE vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal. “The combination of their dynamic personalities along with their passion and love for Austin will make for a great show.”

Search for next big ‘As Seen On TV’ invention heads to Austin

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

A company looking for the next big “As Seen On TV” hit will be in Austin Wednesday.

Top Dog Direct will hold a “speed pitch” event at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon.

The company’s long list of products includes Tan Perfect, Urine Gone, Smart Mop and the BeActive Brace, among others.

To have a shot at pitching your creation, you must be pre-screened. Start the process by sending an email to topdogdirect@gmail.com that includes your name, address, phone number, the name of your invention, a description of your invention and your website, if you have one.

Good luck!

KXAN shuffles weather lineup

Rosie Newberry
Rosie Newberry

The forecast at KXAN calls for new assignments for some members of the station’s weather team.

Meteorologists David Yeomans and Mark Monstrola have traded places, with Yeomans taking over the weekday morning shift and Monstrola heading to weekend evenings.

The two will share duties weekdays at noon, with Yeomans delivering forecasts Monday and Tuesday and Monstrola handling midday weather Wednesday through Friday.

As part of the switches, Monstrola will become the primary fill-in for longtime chief weathercaster Jim Spencer.

The station has also hired a fourth meteorologist, Rosie Newberry, to fill the spot vacated in July by Natalie Stoll, who took a communications job with the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Newberry will deliver the weather on KXAN’s weekend morning newscasts. She arrives in Austin after working for a station in Columbia, Mo.

KEYE debuts new morning anchor lineup on Feb. 16

keyeamnewsSome familiar faces will take on new roles later this month when KEYE revamps its morning newscast.

Chris Saldaña and Allison Miller will take over as anchors of “KEYE-TV Morning News” starting Feb. 16, the station said. The two currently co-host “We Are Austin,” KEYE’s 9 a.m. lifestyle program.

Miller also serves as the CBS affiliate’s morning meteorologist, but with her move to the anchor desk weekend meteorologist Jordan Steele will be taking over those duties.

Ericka Miller, the station’s current morning co-anchor, will remain on that broadcast, but take on a new role as the “Happening Now” anchor, handling breaking news and monitoring developing stories.

Hunter Ellis, the station’s other morning anchor, departed in December to focus on making documentaries. Reporter Alex Boyer had been filling in.

Ashley Roberts will continue to serve as traffic anchor while the station looks for a permanent replacement for Erica Brennes, who left earlier this month to take a job with tech startup RideScout.

When “KEYE-TV Morning News” relaunches, the station said it hopes to inject more personality into the broadcast, along with a stronger emphasis on social media.

“We’ll give our viewers what they need in the morning – news, traffic, weather – while adding bursts of what they want – more personality and opportunities to allow viewers to welcome us into their homes,” news director Rob Cartwright said.

KUT aims to set the ‘Standard’ with new show

'Texas Standard' host David Brown (Stephen Spillman photo)
‘Texas Standard’ host David Brown (Stephen Spillman photo)

When it comes to radio news, Austin station 90.5 KUT-FM aims to set the “Standard” with its latest program.

The show, “Texas Standard” makes its official debut Monday, running at 10 a.m. weekdays. It has, over the past few weeks, been airing sporadically as the NPR affiliate worked to beef up its news team and build out its studios on the University of Texas campus.

For now, it will be heard only in Austin, although it’ll go statewide in a few weeks, airing in a number of cities such as Dallas and Houston.

“We’ve known for a while now that we wanted to create a signature program for KUT that demonstrates the role public radio plays in civic discourse,” said Stewart Vanderwilt, general manager of KUT and sister station 98.9 KUTX-FM.

“So much of the news, no matter where it’s taking place, has a direct intersection with Texas. With ‘Texas Standard,’ we’re taking the top news events around the world and identifying their connections to Texas.”

About 10 KUT employees work almost exclusively on the show, Vanderwilt said, and “Texas Standard” will also pull some material from its affiliate stations.

Those stations are “kind of at their maximum news output right now,” said KUT veteran David Brown, who serves as host and managing editor for the show. “This allows us to share content and create a de-facto network. We have people telling us that, for the first time, listeners in their market will feel like they’re connected to the rest of Texas.”

Before joining the “Texas Standard” team, Brown worked on KUT’s “Texas Music Matters.” He says he sought out the host job more than a year ago while plans for the show were still in their infancy.

“There’s nothing like this being done on public radio right now,” Brown said. “We’re building a program from scratch that has tremendous potential.”

While KUT has produced local news programming for years, Vanderwilt said “Texas Standard” is, by design, a different animal that’s far more labor-intensive. That’s why the station didn’t immediately start off with daily broadcasts.

“We had several train wrecks,” he admitted. “They were really important to have, to show us where the needs are, because once the show starts, it never stops.”

With those kinks now addressed, Vanderwilt said Brown and his team are more than ready and it’s time for daily broadcasts to begin.

For a self-described “music fiend,” Brown said leaving “Texas Music Matters” was a difficult decision, but he’s confident he made the right choice.

“I love ‘Texas Music Matters,’” he said. “I’ve never worked on a show that’s won so many awards. But I got my start in news more than three decades ago. News has always been in my blood. It’s my bread and butter.”

‘Texas Standard’

10 a.m. weekdays

90.5 KUT-FM

Tickets available for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in Austin


Tickets are up for grabs for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which is coming to Austin during South by Southwest.

The show will tape at the Long Center March 16-20.

The tickets are free, but you’ve got to be at least 18 years old.

Kimmel also taped a week’s worth of shows in Austin during SXSW last year. Guests included Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Seth Rogen and Willie Nelson.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights at 10:35 p.m. on KVUE Channel 24.